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November 7, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 23

Park air rights bill will pass unless Cuomo vetoes it BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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Bill de Blasio reached out to give a supporter a high-five at his election night celebration in Brooklyn.

De Blasio destroys Lhota; Vows to take ‘new direction’ BY SAM SPOKONY, HEATHER DUBIN, GERARD FLYNN AND LINCOLN ANDERSON

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ill de Blasio trounced Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor and will be taking over City Hall in January. De Blasio, who will be the first Democratic mayor in 20 years, won with 74 percent of the vote.

In his victory speech to a crowd of around 2,000 supporters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, de Blasio drilled home the points he made throughout his campaign — all which were fundamentally based on a left-leaning, progressive approach to tackling the city’s problem of social and economic inequality. “Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city,

united by a belief that our city could leave no New Yorker behind,” said de Blasio, currently the city’s public advocate. “The challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the problems we’ve set out to address will not be solved overnight. But make no mistake, the people of this city have chosen a progressive path. DE BLASIO, continued on p. 18

ast Friday, environmental and community groups opposed to allowing the Hudson River Park to sell its unused development rights one block inland from the park raised the alarm: After months of inaction since the bill

passed the Legislature in June, it had suddenly been rushed to Governor Cuomo for his signature. The bill is an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act of 1998, the founding legislation of the 5-milelong waterfront park. An e-mail sent to local AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 5

Violent sex attacks have put N.Y.U. students on edge BY SAM SPOKONY

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he New York University community was rocked by two violent sexual assaults last month — the attempted rape and robbery of a 20-year-old female student in Soho on Oct. 8, and the rape of a 24-year-old female

worker at the university’s Catholic Center on Oct. 31. The attacks came just months after an N.Y.U. student group criticized the school for not providing adequate rape crisis services to students and members of the university community. ATTACKS, continued on p. 28

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optimistic about the future of the legislation, especially since Tuesday’s voter complaints will bring plenty of buzz back to the issue. “I think the Senate will work with us on it,” Kavanagh said.

party, on Oct. 30, Hoyda dispatched a drilling rig to the site, which plowed through the “meditation herb circle” and other plantings made by neighborhood children. The rig was there to take core samples, presumably in preparation for developing the site, though no plans have been filed with the Department of Buildings. Hoyda did not respond to requests for comment. The garden’s other two lots are owned by the city. 

GUILTY PLEA IN ‘WILD’ CASE: Richard Pearson, a.k.a. the “Soho Wild Man,” a mentally ill man who many Soho merchants and residents say “terrorized” them by physically and verbally harassing them, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court on Wed., Oct. 30, for possession of cocaine. Pearson, 48, has consistently pleaded not guilty since May 17, when he was charged with seconddegree assault, a felony, for allegedly throwing a brick at someone’s head. Pearson was indicted by two grand juries for possession of a narcotic, a misdemeanor, but was not indicted on the assault charge. Judge Charles Solomon is the presiding judge on the case. In a phone interview, Alex Grosshtern, Pearson’s attorney, expressed his opinion on the case. “He accepted responsibility and / or pleaded guilty to the only charges he’s guilty of, which is the misdemeanor narcotics possession,” Grosshtern said of Pearson. “He trusts that the court, and this judge, will render a just and proper sentence for this misdemeanor charge — the sole misdemeanor charge, and the sole charge the grand jury found appropriate,” Grosshtern said. “So he pleaded guilty without being made any promises.” Pearson’s next court date will be Tues., Nov. 12, at 2:15 p.m.

KAVANAGH’S GOOD ‘POINT’: Aside from their choice in the mayor’s race, there was one thing that many New Yorkers agreed about on Election Day — they could barely read the ballots. The six-point font used by the city’s Board of Elections caused both figurative headaches and literal eye strain throughout the day, as many voters took to social media to gripe about the tiny print. But state Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh replied with a tweet of his own Tuesday, reminding New Yorkers that he has sponsored pending legislation that would require the B.O.E. to use the largest possible print size on ballots — up to 12-point font for candidates’ names, and up to 11-point font for all other words. “Poll workers have told me that up to half of all voters are saying that they can’t read the ballots,” Kavanagh told this newspaper in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “That’s just unacceptable.” The East Village assemblymember asserted his belief that if the bill were to become law, the B.O.E. would in fact use a more reasonable font size, allowing voters to see their ballots without squinting. Kavanagh’s bill was passed by the Assembly in both 2012 and 2013, but has yet to make it through the state Senate — something Kavanagh chalked up to “some minor differences in language” on the Assembly and Senate versions of the bill. But he remained

7-ELEVEN ASESSMENT? So, after all the rallies and protests, and sturm und drang over slurpies and corn dogs, the 7-Eleven has opened at 11th St. and Avenue A. We stopped by Saturday night, and things inside were pretty mellow there, sterile-seeming, bright white. The man working the register during the night shift was friendly and agreed to have his photo taken, but he didn’t give out his name and said he wasn’t really allowed to say anything about the store, the anti-7-Eleven protesters or anything else. We recently met a couple from E. 11th St. at a rooftop garden meet-up in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and they said a lot of people in that building preferred a 7-Eleven over a bar. But Councilmember Rosie Mendez told us that she knows a lot of the building’s residents opposed the 24-hour chain food mart. What’s more, Mendez said, the noise and vibrations from the new store’s HVAC system in the rear is negatively impacting a lot of neighboring buildings. She said the Cooper Square Committee has been on the case, and that, even worse, the HVAC structure is blocking a fire escape ladder. She said they’ve asked the Fire Department to do an inspection. And the HVAC problem is more widespread in the district than just 7-Eleven, she added. More to the point, Mendez said, “I miss the mom-and-pop shops that we keep losing.”

The garden has been trashed by the developer, who has now brought in a drilling rig to take soil samples — usually a prelude to a construction project.

GARDEN DEFENDER: An early backer of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, actress Cynthia Nixon has also become a fan of the embattled Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton and Norfolk Sts. On Halloween, she brought her toddler son to C.M.G.’s costume party and posed in front of a banner calling on Mayor Bloomberg to help restore the portion of the garden fenced off last summer by developer Serge Hoyda, whose firm Norfolk Development Corporation LLC, purchased the lot back in 2003. A day before the

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As pipeline starts pumping, Johnson leads protest BY SAM SPOKONY

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day after the underground Spectra pipeline began pumping natural gas into Manhattan’s Lower West Side, around 150 residents, environmental activists and elected officials gathered at the site of the pipeline on Nov. 2 to continue their protests against what they consider to be its dangerous impact on the neighborhood. Thirteen people were arrested after they unfurled a banner reading “Shut Down This Pipeline” across West St. near Gansevoort St., and blocked traffic for several minutes around 4 p.m. Among those arrested was City Councilmember-elect Corey Johnson — who would win election three days later — and his chief of staff, RJ Jordan. In his position as Community Board 4 chairperson — which he will vacate upon taking office in January — Johnson has frequently spoken out against the pipeline, especially because he and many others have stated that it was installed without the approval or feedback of any local community groups. “Hopefully, we can draw a line in the sand here, because this is not the only pipeline they’re going to try to lay,” said Johnson, in an interview before the protest, which was also led by the activist groups Occupy the Pipeline and Sane Energy. “They’re going to try to lay pipeline after pipeline, with fracked gas, with high concentrations of radon, and the public needs to know about this.” The pipeline transports roughly 800 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, according to the Spectra Energy Corporation, whose headquarters are based in Houston, Tex. A spokesperson for the company said that gas flowing through the pipeline will come from wells in the Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania, the Rocky Mountains, the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. In a statement released Nov. 1, the day the pipeline became active, Spectra C.E.O. Greg Ebel said that successfully completing the pipeline was “a testament to our ability to secure, permit and execute on large and complex growth projects.” In the same release, Bill Yardley, Spectra’s President of U.S. transmission and storage, claimed that people in New York and New Jersey could save $700 million in energy costs per year as a result of replacing fuel oil with the pipeline’s domestically produced natural gas. The use of the pipeline’s gas will also eliminate about 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, according to Spectra’s estimates. “We’ve invested the past five years speaking with stakeholders and officials, planning and re-planning, designing and constructing this pipeline, all to ensure it was completed safely, efficiently and to the highest standards,” said Yardley.

Three days before winning election to the City Council, Corey Johnson was one of 13 people arrested at the Nov. 2 protest.

But many residents in the West Village and Chelsea remain unconvinced about the safety of living above the hub for hydrofracked gas, which is believed by many to contain unsafe quantities of the dangerous chemical radon. “A big problem for us is that the gas is also coming through the Con Edison pipes, and frankly, Con Ed doesn’t have a very good record of maintaining its infrastructure,” said Bill Borock, president of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, at the Nov. 2 protest. “So, in addition to the main problem of whatever toxic chemicals are coming into our homes through the gas, we have the problem of what happens if something goes wrong with the pipeline.” Borock alluded to the disastrous breakdowns in Con Ed’s plants and supply lines during Hurricane Sandy last year, and said he fears the potentially catastrophic result another Sandy-like storm could have on the gas lines. Other elected officials at the protest included Councilmember Gale Brewer, who was elected Manhattan borough president on Tuesday, and Assemblymembers Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal. Rosenthal is the sponsor of a bill that would require utility companies across the state to monitor and mitigate radon levels before natural gas is delivered to consumers. The bill was introduced in April, but has not yet reached the Assembly floor for a vote. Before Johnson prepared to block the street and get handcuffed on Nov. 2, he mentioned

Protesters unfurled a banner across West St. and blocked traffic for several minutes before they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

a conversation he had that morning with Bill de Blasio, now the city’s mayor-elect, who has had his own experiences with civil disobedience. “I told [de Blasio] I was going to get arrested today, and he just told me, ‘Be patient, because it can take a while,’ ” said Johnson. Johnson and the dozen other people arrested at the protest were all charged with a violation for disorderly conduct, and spent

several hours in a holding cell before being released, according to the Sixth Precinct. Johnson said that he has not yet had a “substantive conversation” with de Blasio about the Spectra pipeline, but added that he feels confident that “with a Mayor de Blasio we’ll have someone who actually wants to listen to community concerns on issues like this.”

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Park air-rights transfer bill will pass unless governor vetoes it

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The fate of Hudson River Park and the Lower West Side rests in Governor Cuomo’s hands.

meaning by Nov. 14 — she said, it will automatically become law. (Apparently, weekend days are not counted toward the 10 days.) Gottfried confirmed that, if the governor doesn’t “take action” on the bill within the 10-day limit, it would be approved. The Governor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment by press time on whether he would sign the measure. The community was blindsided by the bill when it was suddenly passed at the end of the Albany legislative session in June. Its Assembly co-sponsors were Gottfried and Deborah Glick. The state Senate’s version had no sponsors. Haight, who was there watching the proceedings, said, to his credit, Hoylman, when he spoke on the state Senate floor before the bill was approved shortly after 5 o’clock on a Saturday morning, expressed concern that the community had not been adequately notified about the legislation or given a chance to weigh in on it. Glick said the legislation’s big benefit is that it would protect the park from overdevelopment and also provide a new revenue stream, particularly for dilapidated Pier 40. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is one of the concerned groups participating in the Nov. 13 organizing meeting on the park air rights scheme. Andrew Berman, G.V.S.H.P.’s executive director, said, “If the bill’s air rights provision becomes law, it will create an enormous potential for increased and oversized development along our waterfront, in a flood plain, directly adjacent to and casting shadows upon the very park it is intended to ‘save.’ This was an ill-considered provision that was passed by the Legislature with virtually no notice to or consultation with the affected communities. “Requiring larger inland development as a condition of funding the park was never the intention of the original Hudson River Park Act.”

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Sierra Club members and supporters last Friday said, “Special interests have gone into overdrive in an all-out effort to get the Hudson River Park bill signed into law before it can be put before the public, reconsidered, and possibly stopped!” In an e-mail blast last Friday, Lesley Doyel, of Save Chelsea, said, after four months of inertia, the sudden urgency to sign the bill was “clearly” due to Tuesday’s important election, as well as last week’s article in The Villager on community groups’ concerns over the air-rights transfers, plus growing “push-back” against the bill by local groups and some politicians. This Tuesday, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried told The Villager, “The governor asked for the bill to be transmitted because he is ready to make a decision about it.” Lower West Side community groups — in Tribeca, the Village and Chelsea — are extremely concerned about overdevelopment that could result from the air-rights transfers. They plan to hold an organizing meeting on Nov. 13 to strategize on their response on the issue. A coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club’s local chapter, NYPIRG and the Clean Air Campaign, are urging the governor to veto the bill, as was Save Chelsea, as well. It’s estimated that the waterfront park, which stretches from Chambers St. to W. 59th St., currently has up to 1.6 million square feet of unused development rights that could be available for sale. Under the legislation, the air rights could be transferred one block inland from the park. Beyond the air-rights issue, environmental groups have additional concerns about the legislation, which would also allow more commercial uses in the park, move the W. 30th St. heliport out into the Hudson River and permit barges to moor for up to six months at a time in the park for entertainment uses. In general, they also oppose development in coastal areas — including West St. and 11th Ave. “Superstorm Sandy made it more urgent than ever to stop building non-water-dependent development in this stretch of the Hudson River, since anything built there will be battered by powerful winds, tides and currents, and will be especially vulnerable to storm and hurricane damage,” the Sierra Club said in its e-mail blast last Friday. “New York City’s new map of hurricane evacuation zones ranks the portion of the Hudson River governed by the Hudson River Park Act as Evacuation Zone #1 (out of 6), indicating the highest possible risk in any upcoming hurricane.” Laura Haight, senior environmental associate for NYPIRG, noted it’s actually not necessary for Cuomo to sign the bill for it to become law: If he doesn’t sign it or veto it within 10 days of when it was submitted to him —

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ohn Keller and Lorrae Doig want you to feel at home in their restaurant. They even named it after their own apartment. Apartment 13, modern American cuisine with Japanese and Caribbean influences, opened in August on Avenue C near Eighth St. They hoped to open last November, but then the superstorm hit. “We had the space two weeks before Sandy, and we had to redo everything,” Keller said. They spent more than $50,000 revamping the basement, the electrical system and the walk-in refrigerators. The space had sat empty quite a while before they took it over. “We put a lot of makeup on this place,” said Keller, 36. With its cozy fireplace and friendly staff, Apartment 13 is comfortable, with different rooms and levels, like an apartment. The couple want the restaurant to emulate their own Lower East Side home, the actual Apartment 13 where they have lived for 13 years. At Apartment 13, the restaurant, there is an oyster bar downstairs. Upstairs is the fireplace, with tables nearby and an outdoor seating area. Currently, the couple are deliberating over a couch and some chairs for the front entrance in front of the long bar. A heater will be installed for the outdoor space, and they will have blankets for customers at the corner table, Doig’s idea. Keller finds it liberating to have his own restaurant and call the creative shots. “Being able to just do something like that, and not having to clear things with someone — like the blankets,” he said. From the Baltimore area, Keller attended New York Restaurant School, then began his culinary career at Nobu, with an internship at Le Bernardin. He returned to Baltimore, working in restaurants, but came back to New York. He was an executive chef at Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club, Celsius in Bryant Park and Co-op Food and Drink and Viktor and Spoils, which he opened, at The Hotel on Rivington. That’s where, he said, he met “the love of my life,” Doig, 27, who was born in the States, and grew up in Jamaica. Keller traveled between jobs, which helped him rebound back to the kitchen after feeling burned out. “You pick up things you like, and it’s usually about the mom-and pop-shops,” he said, “people who have been cooking the same way for hundreds of years.” Keller takes culinary inspiration from local cuisine rather than five-star restaurant fare. “I’d rather go to the country and go to the shacks on the side of the road where every-

Mimi’s Maryland Crabcake is a mouthwatering favorite at Apartment 13.

body goes for street food,” he said. At Apartment 13, Keller draws inspiration from New York’s melting pot of multicultural cuisine. “I’ve been a chef since a young age,” he noted. “I’ve worked in Nobu. I’m impatient, and I cook what I like — I don’t want to be put it in a box.” He crafts seasonal dishes with local produce whenever possible. Keller also wants to build signature dishes, like his oyster pairings. Additionally, every menu item is paired with a wine, beer or spirit, picked by beverage directors Steven Olson and Leo DeGroff. “It’s taking the guesswork and responsibility from the guest, like it’s a dinner party in our home,” Doig said. “It’s thought through, and tasted for you.” Menu highlights include Mimi’s Maryland Crabcake, Keller’s grandmother’s recipe. “I grew up eating it,” he said. “Every holiday in season, we’d eat crabs.” Fish Tea is also a favorite entrée, made with halibut, miso butter, lemongrass dashi, baby bok choy and hon shimeji mushrooms. Doig tastes all the dishes, and Keller makes new ones each week. She tries to get Keller to cook for her at home, but that “never” happens, she said — except for Sandy and her birthday. “I don’t want to take work home with me,” he said. “Our kitchen is too lowbrow for him,” Doig responded with a laugh. To show their neighborhood appreciation, the couple are “indefinitely” offering “Hood Love” — 13 percent off a meal for residents of the 10009 and 10002 zip codes. A New York State ID card must be presented. “This is one of the last great streets in Manhattan,” Keller said of Avenue C. “Everybody knows each other, and they look out for each other. We want to take care of the neighborhood, let people see what we can do, and give back a bit.”

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Vet never fired a shot but his orders were always on target BY HEATHER DUBIN

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arren Allen Smith made it through World War II in the Army without firing a rifle. Wearing a crisp yellow, collared shirt with brown slacks, the U.S. Army veteran, born Oct. 27, 1921, gave a riveting interview at his West Village apartment earlier this week about his eclectic past. Smith, a gay atheist, is originally from Minburn, Iowa, population 365. “In my little town, they painted a barn yellow because the kid was not drafted,” he said. “It was strange if you weren’t in the Army.” Smith completed one year of college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where he studied English literature, music and journalism before he was drafted in 1942. Raised a Methodist, Smith became an Emersonian at school, and started a humanist club there. His interest in atheism grew as a faculty sponsor of the club was also an atheist.  “I joined the Unitarians in Des Moines — I’m still a dues-paying member,” Smith noted. “They joke about me because I’ve never attended.” Smith began his military career at Fort Knox for basic training. Later at Fort Dix, his educational experience and ability to type 113 words per minute landed him in company clerk training instead of soldier training.  There were 300 new men every 13 weeks for training, and the Army was in dire need of clerks. “When I was actually sent abroad, I was the acting first sergeant because nobody could keep the records,” Smith said. “I was a company clerk, and I didn’t know how to clean a gun.” His journey overseas started from a Hudson River dock, and it was harrowing. All the men on his ship received a medal for crossing the Atlantic Ocean successfully; Smith used his hands to demonstrate how the ship zigzagged to avoid submarines.  Once they arrived in Liverpool, the men were put on an overnight train to Southampton. Smith recalled that the shades were pulled down, and they could not see England at all. Their next step was to board another ship, and in an hour they were on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Smith explained that there were huge iron structures on the beach that prevented tanks from coming in, and there was a hill, which is why the Nazis also could not reach them. As the company clerk, Smith was responsible for bringing along his cohorts’ files. “I’m the one with all the records of the 250 men with my group — otherwise ev-

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Tech Sergeant Warren Allen Smith on his way to Verdun, where he found a record of his father having fought in World War I.

Warren Allen Smith, right, at the Fort Knox, Kentucky, barracks with a motorcyclist during the war.

eryone wouldn’t have benefits today,” he said.  Smith and his company had to walk through the water to get to the beach, holding their rifles overhead to keep them from getting wet. He confided that none of the other men knew that Smith had no idea how to clean, much less use, his rifle.  Smith could not recall anyone helping him carry the records he put in a bag. However, he said he could have ordered someone to do so. When they reached the top, they were there for a day or so in the rain, and slept in pup tents. “The fact that I was in a war didn’t sort of dawn on me,” he said. “I was an English major — but hadn’t read any World War I stories.” Another part of Smith’s job was to lead “Reveille” for daily calisthenics.

ard,” and they, too, headed toward Paris. “We tried to drive to Reims and there were no signs. The Germans had taken them all down,” Smith recounted. “We couldn’t get into Paris because the Germans were still there.” Smith said the adjutant general was “swearing like mad at the chauffeur,” and recalled that he thought to himself he was collecting good material to write about.  They finally made it to Reims, 80 miles outside Paris, and happened upon an empty building where the Germans previously had been staying. The phones worked, so they moved in. Smith was there was from 1944 until the end of the war in 1945.  Future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of the Allied Forces and a five-star general, transferred Smith’s office to the Little Red School, which was the largest school in town. Smith worked five doors down from Eisenhower — they did not interact — and the Germans signed their surrender to the Allies in a room five doors in the other direction. Smith’s job at Supreme Headquarters was to ensure every soldier in Europe received his mail. “By that time there was a million of them,” he said. Smith focused on getting people their mail the next day, and called his section “Morale Builders.” “I’ve talked with veterans, and asked them, ‘What was the best part of your service?’ ” Smith said. “I got them to say, ‘Oh, mail call.’ ” While he admitted to slightly exaggerating, Smith was serious about soldiers wanting to forget everything the war came with.

Smith called his unit the ‘Morale Builders.’

“In the morning I had to exercise people,” he said. “I was not gay, you could not be gay, I didn’t know I was gay.” Smith relocated to anther spot for a few weeks. There were no Nazis around since they were already falling back toward Paris. Since he was a quick typist, Adjutant General Floyd W. Brown recruited Smith for Supreme Headquarters. Brown told him, “Get in the Pack-

Smith also took orders for General George S. Patton for tanks and soldiers, plus rations, such as beer, shirts and shoes. “We were not the Home Depot, but we were the Army Depot,” he joked.  Every general was sending his section orders, and they had to check for supplies that were usually in England. “If the beer supply went down, we could also get champagne from France,” he said. Smith also learned ethics at this time. “There were some colonels who would steal stuff from other colonels,” he added. “We knew who the liars were. “I went to work every morning at 8 a.m., and I left work around 5 p.m. Being in the Army, if you were in Supreme Headquarters, was not like being in one of General Patton’s units — not at all,” he said.  There were 200 women who also did clerical work at Supreme Headquarters. Smith became friends with one of them, Corporal Fuqua. The two joined forces to provide 24-hour assistance to help a segregated unit of black American soldiers, who were holding the line in the Battle of Bastogne, to secure ammunition and enforcement.  “That was an important battle because there was nothing between the Nazis and Paris at this point, except a black group,” he said. “They built bridges and were cooks.”  Smith received two medals for his efforts during this period, one for the Battle of the Atlantic, the other for the Battle of Bastogne. One day, Smith secured a jeep from a post office and drove with a friend to Verdun to see if he could find a record of his father, who had served in World War I, earned two Purple Hearts and fought in the Battle of Verdun. He found his name, and on the way back, someone took a shot at Smith and his friend in the jeep. “We didn’t have any guns. We were enjoying the countryside,” he said. Smith stepped on the gas, and, as it turned out, that was as close to combat as he got. Smith speculated it was probably a French Nazi sympathizer. Men and women who were caught helping the Germans were forced to shave their heads, he noted. Smith does not attribute his assignment in World War II to luck, but said he simply had the right skill set. “We all get prepared in different ways to handle life, and I handled it mainly by skills,” he said. “It wasn’t luck. You don’t succeed by luck, it’s all work.” According to Smith, he picked up this mindset from the adjutant general. “But my experience was positive,” he VETERAN, continued on p. 29

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Is Gansevoort waste plan still afloat with Bloomberg BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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t’s been five years since the state Legislature approved legislation to allow a marine waste transfer station on Gansevoort Peninsula in the Hudson River Park. However — as the clock winds down on the final weeks of the Bloomberg administration — a crucial memorandum of understanding required to allow the hotly debated Gansevoort project to proceed still has not been signed. Under the outgoing mayor’s Solid Waste Management Plan, or SWAMP, the peninsula was slated to become Manhattan’s sole marine waste transfer point for all recyclables from residential buildings — paper, glass, plastic and metal. Under the scheme, up to 60 garbage trucks per day would haul recyclables to Gansevoort, where they would dump their loads into barges, which would then ferry the waste to a new recycling plant to be built in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. About 1.36 acres of the 8-acre peninsula would be set aside for a 25-foot-wide road for the trucks that would ramp up to the new transfer station. The Gansevoort facility would also have an “educational component,” teaching about recycling.

Under Mayor Bloomberg’s Solid Waste Management Plan, Gansevoort Peninsula’s marine waste transfer station, above, was to have been reactivated and rebuilt.

The plan immediately sparked intense opposition in the Village when it was first broached publicly in 2004. The prospect of dozens of garbage trucks per day crossing

the park’s bikeway and pedestrian path would make the peninsula unfit for park use, they argued, also expressing concern about air pollution from the convoy of trucks’ diesel exhaust. Located in the angle between Little W. 12th and Gansevoort Sts., the peninsula is not a pier but the remnant of a broad swath of landfill created in the mid-1800s that once stretched from W. 10th St. up to the mid-W. 20s, extending out to what was then called 13th Ave. (The landfill eventually had to be cut back to allow increasingly larger ships to dock.) FORMERLY AN INCINERATOR During its history, Gansevoort has been home, first, to an important open-air farmers’ market, followed next by a municipal waste incinerator and, currently, a Department of Sanitation garage and salt pile. The Hudson River Park Act of 1998 stated that all of Gansevoort Peninsula is to be developed into an 8-acre public park as part of the larger Hudson River Park. To permit a new marine waste transfer station, an amendment or new legislation was needed since the Park Act bars municipal uses from the park. The state Senate passed the necessary legislation by a vote of 53 to 8 in July 2007. Over the strident objections of local Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried, the Assembly passed it by 91 to 48 in June 2008. The City Council also backed “reactivating” the Gansevoort marine waste transfer station by a 48-to-3 vote. Christine Quinn had kept neutral on the issue when she was just a councilmember, but then sup-

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ported the Gansevoort transfer station after becoming Council speaker in 2006. Joining Bloomberg and other elected officials — many of them black and Latino — at a press conference at Gansevoort in June 2007, Quinn said the proposed transfer facility would be compatible with park use at the peninsula. “It’s fair,” she said. “We’re done with putting noxious uses in the outer boroughs and communities of color.” “There is no other place for it,” Bloomberg said then. “If this doesn’t happen, we’ll keep polluting our air.” A Gansevoort marine waste transfer station, combined with another one for commercial waste — primarily from restaurants — at Pier 99, at W. 59th St., would cut more than 5,000 Sanitation truck trips per year, the Bloomberg administration said at the time. ‘PLAN IS ENVIRONMENTALLY JUST’ A talking point in The Villager in October 2004 by a citywide coalition called Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods, or OWN, noted that they had been pushing the city to adopt some kind of plan like SWAMP as an “environmentally just, marine-based system for handling and minimizing our waste. Our coalition,” they noted, “includes representatives of the three New York City neighborhoods that bear the brunt of the city’s current waste management system: Greenpoint/ Williamsburg, the South Bronx and Southeast Queens.” A Gansevoort M.W.T.S., they continued, “would…help to ensure that waste generated in Manhattan does not continue to be trucked to the outer boroughs, and it would also help reduce the amount of long-haul truck traffic on Manhattan streets, including on the Canal St. corridor.” Generating even more opposition has been another component of SWAMP, the reactivation of a marine waste transfer station on the Upper East Side at E. 91st St. In 2010, the city issued a request for proposals, or R.F.P., for designs for a new Gansevoort waste transfer station. Meanwhile, the new Sunset Park recycling facility that would receive the barged waste was reportedly set to open last month, according to a September article in The New York Times. M.O.U. IS M.I.A. But, specifically, before the Gansevoort M.W.T.S. agreement becomes final, the mayor, governor and leaders of the Assembly and state Senate still must all sign a memorandum of understanding, or M.O.U., about either replacing or paying for the parkland that the M.W.T.S. “alienGANSEVOORT, continued on p. 11

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ates” — as in, removes from public use — on the peninsula. More than a year ago, during a discussion with The Villager about another thorny park issue, Pier 40, Madelyn Wils, president of the Hudson River Park Trust, let slip that the M.O.U. for the transfer station on Gansevoort was still unsigned. She didn’t want to go more into detail about it just then, noting that it was “another story.” A couple of weeks ago, The Villager asked Wils again about the status of the Gansevoort marine waste transfer station. She replied that the M.O.U. remains unsigned to this day. She said that the terms of the M.O.U. — or at least the terms that the Trust itself would like to see — are that the Trust would be paid $50 million for alienation of the parkland needed to allow the transfer station. As soon as the new three-district Department of Sanitation garage is finished in Hudson Square, at Spring and Washington Sts., Wils said, the garbage trucks from Gansevoort will all be moved down there. The Spring St. facility is already substantially built — with finishing touches now being put on it — and is slated for completion in spring 2014. Wils said that, once the garbage trucks vacate Gansevoort, it would take about a year to get the peninsula in shape before anything can be done on it. Some environmental remediation would no doubt be needed, since it was once home to a garbage incinerator. GOTTFRIED SKEPTICAL ON ACTION However, Assemblymember Gottfried — who co-authored the Hudson River Park’s founding legislation — last week told The Villager he doubts there will be any action taken on the M.O.U. for the Gansevoort transfer station in the final two months of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration. “I mean, there have been drafts for years that are sitting in a drawer,” the assemblymember said of the Gansevoort M.O.U. “I haven’t heard anything about it stirring to life recently. I don’t think anyone has signed it. I think it’s been sitting around for several years. I haven’t heard anyone talk about it in a really long time. I don’t think anyone has actually seen it, and I don’t think any governor or mayor has actually agreed to it.” Even if Bloomberg tried to push for the M.O.U. to be signed now, Gottfried said, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not rush things, since he “would want a fair and public review.” “I don’t know that Silver would be interested in taking that up in the closing days of the [Bloomberg] administration,” Gottfried stated. “I haven’t asked him about it because I haven’t heard anything about it for a very long time.”

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On Gansevoort Peninsula’s western edge is a broken-down remnant of 13th Ave., from when Manhattan’s shoreline extended further out into the river.

Told about Wils having cited a $50 million compensation figure, Gottfried said, “That’s certainly in the ballpark.” However, he noted, while the 2007 legislation making an M.W.T.S. an allowable use at Gansevoort does mention financial compensation, it doesn’t give a dollar figure.

young enough to be my granddaughter told me I could reapply the following year,” Bradlow said.

park above it, as opposed to a roadway for a Gansevoort M.W.T.S., which would be off limits to parkgoers.

QUINN DIDN’T FIGHT M.W.T.S.

‘GANSEVOORT IS FOR EVERYBODY’

District Leader Arthur Schwartz, who has long been active on Hudson River Park issues, also opposed the Gansevoort transfer station. “It was totally a Quinn-Bloomberg project,” he said. “She went along with the mayor. She wanted to show she was sensitive to black communities.” Schwartz said he, too, doesn’t know where de Blasio stands on the idea of an M.W.T.S. at Gansevoort. “I don’t know if de Blasio has ever made a statement on that,” he said. “I think it’s horrible — to put a Sanitation facility 500 feet away from a playground.” Schwartz was referring to the Jane St. water playground just to the south. “I mean, it’s supposed to be a beach,” he added. Indeed, former Governor Pataki always would vow, “There will be a beach at Gansevoort Peninsula one day.” Spectra has also recently installed a highpressure gas pipeline across Gansevoort, but it’s buried 5 feet belowground, so people at least will be able to use the future

Tobi Bergman, president of P3, is a leading advocate for youth sports uses at Pier 40, at W. Houston St. Back in the early days of the Hudson River Park — before the huge courtyard sports field had been created at Pier 40 — it was thought Gansevoort might be a good spot for ball fields. But now, Bergman said, the peninsula would be better suited for general park use. “It’s a shame to put a transfer station out there,” he said. “It’s just a unique opportunity for a park for everyone. Pier 40 is a better place for ball fields, and Gansevoort is everybody’s park. It has some of the best river views in the park.” As for alternatives for dealing with the waste, Schwartz said he backs removing trash from the city by rail. Bergman, on the other hand, noted that trash-burning technology has advanced tremendously since the days of the Gansevoort Destructor, as the incinerator there was formerly known. Europe, he said, is burning trash cleanly and using it to provide energy. Bradlow, for her part, said we should all focus much more on “waste prevention.”

IT’S DE BLASIO’S DECISION NOW In short, Gottfried confidently predicted, “What will happen with Gansevoort and the other marine transfer sites will be in the hands of our new mayor.” As for where Bill de Blasio stands on siting a marine transfer station at Gansevoort, it’s not yet clear. Frieda Bradlow, a former member of the city’s Solid Waste Advisory Board, said that, during the mayoral campaign, the only candidate who really came out strongly against a Gansevoort M.W.T.S. was John Liu. “Liu was the only candidate who was specific,” she said. Bradlow said she isn’t sure where de Blasio stands on the issue. “It was something we never thought would make it through the Assembly,” she said of the legislation to allow the transfer station in Hudson River Park. “Chris Quinn did not oppose it,” she added. Bradlow, 81, a longtime Villager, was one of the original members of the Solid Waste Advisory Board when it was created back in 1988. She was first appointed by then Borough President Andrew Stein. However, after she opposed the plan to have all Manhattan’s residential recyclables barged from Gansevoort, she suddenly found herself not reappointed five years ago by Borough President Scott Stringer. “In my interview, a woman who was

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De Blasio wins; Voters lose with shoddy ballots EDITORIAL

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he big news this Election Day was of course Bill de Blasio’s resounding victory over Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race. Three out of four voters picked de Blasio in what is clearly an overwhelming mandate for his progressive agenda for a city that “leaves no one behind.” Some voters admitted they would be surprised if de Blasio makes good on even half his campaign promises, noting it’s all just “politics,” after all. But clearly, de Blasio will set the city in a new direction. And we’re very hopeful for many of the ideas that he is offering, from a new, determined focus on preserving hospitals and healthcare to better police sensitivity without easing up on crime. His plan to tax the wealthy a bit more to pay for universal pre-K is a good idea and, really, a mere drop in the bucket for those who would be assessed.

Over all, de Blasio’s win is good news for the city. He’s very intelligent and attuned to the needs of constituents and the city, in general. Clearly, most of the city has rallied around his message, so it bodes well for New York’s unity moving forward. As usual, there were issues with the actual mechanism of voting, however. This time, the way the ballot referendums were handled was horrible. All six initiatives — including a critical one to expand casino gambling in the state and city — were jammed on the back side of the ballot. If poll workers didn’t verbally alert voters to remember to flip over the ballot to see the referendums — and not all did — there was a very good chance they would never notice them. No signs were posted telling voters to do this. And, most strikingly, there wasn’t even a simple “Turn Over” notice at the bottom of the ballot’s front page. Again, we have to ask — how much money and time did the Board of Elections spend to create these ballots?

Really, it is simply ridiculous. The casino referendum was, in fact, approved, paving the way for one Vegas-style casino in the city in seven years or even sooner. And then there was the issue of the small type — six-point — that the ballots were printed in. Many voters interviewed by The Villager said they didn’t vote on the referendums because they simply couldn’t read them. A large plastic “magnifying glass” was provided in some stalls (not all, we’re told), but it wasn’t that effective. All of which raises the question if the optical scanner system we are using in the general elections is really the best. Today, we’re all familiar with computer touch-screen technology, thanks to A.T.M.’s and smartphones, and many people feel this is how the city should vote. A paper “receipt” could be printed, to ensure people have a “paper trail” after casting their vote. This way, there wouldn’t be issues about small type or having to “flip over” a ballot. Like the Web itself, there would be

far fewer space constraints on the ballot. There are some concerns, however, with touchscreen voting, including security against hacking, for one. The worry is that voter fraud could run rampant if the system was not secure. Another idea is that community newspapers print the referendums beforehand to familiarize voters with them. This was something we at The Villager admittedly could have done on our own. But if the B.O.E., for example, had expressly published the referendums with us a week or two in advance, it would have ensured that thousands of voters would have been well-informed about the ballot initiatives. In the meantime, the next time we have a double-sided ballot, would it be too much to ask B.O.E. to print a “Turn Over” stamp — in red ink — at the bottom of the front page? Failing to take some simple, commonsense measure like this is nothing less than disenfranchising voters, plain and simple.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Clearing the air on air rights To The Editor: Re “Park bill still up in the air, forum to consider air rights” (news article, Oct. 24): A very extensive story, but a few points must be clarified: I did not say that if “the St. John’s Center’s zoning is modified to allow residential use…that is not a problem.” I did say that there might be waterfront sites where modifying the allowable use — such as for residential as opposed to hotel development — as opposed to allowing larger development, might be found acceptable. But we have made no such decisions about any particular site, and this is an issue that the entire impacted community must weigh in on. The community board was notified about a month in advance about the Nov. 13 community meeting we and about two dozen other groups were planning, and the only people who knew about it before they did were the organizations who put it together. Finally, a 1-million-plus-square-foot building is hardly a flagpole. There are many examples, such as those I mentioned, of very substantial buildings of this size reaching that height. And the

current zoning, even without the potential addition of hundreds of thousands of square feet of air rights, allows a building to reach at least 900 feet in height. Yes, we are raising alarm bells. This provision has some very alarming implications, and it is important that the public be made aware of them. Andrew Berman Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

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This is a plan that can save our community’s park TALKING POINT BY MADELYN WILS

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s a longtime resident of Tribeca and someone who has been involved with Hudson River Park since it was just an idea, this park has been a godsend for my children, my neighbors and the entire West Side.  Now, as president of Hudson River Park, it is my job to make sure the park fulfills its promise as an inspiring public space by figuring out ways to grow, maintain and nurture it for generations to come. The New York State Legislature’s recent passage of the Hudson River Park Act amendment has created a number of opportunities to help us do this. What currently seems to be getting the most attention is a provision allowing the park to transfer a yet-to-be-determined number of air rights across the West Side Highway to generate much-needed revenue. In supporting this approach, which has many precedents across the city, lawmakers recognize the importance of the park to

our community, as well as the predicament in which we currently find ourselves. The park was conceived more than 15 years ago as a self-sustaining entity that would generate revenue from its commercial piers for its operations, rather than receive public funding. However, the condition of Pier 40, community desire for less development within the park, and other factors have prevented this from happening.  As is now well known throughout the community, significantly more revenue is needed to complete construction of remaining public areas and to maintain the entire park into the future.   At the same time, we understand the fear that the idea of transferring air rights is a harbinger of future development.  We do not believe that is the case. Instead, it is a chance for the park finally to benefit from whatever development does take place — and as we have all seen since the first section opened in Greenwich Village 10 years ago, billions of dollars in development has and will continue to occur across from the park. Although the park has greatly contributed to the West Side’s transformation, the park has received no financial benefit. Though the legislation would allow for

the transfer of air rights one block east of the park, it only allows this to happen through a very public city zoning process. This means once the state legislation is signed into law, the park will still have no air rights to transfer until a lengthy land use review process is completed. That will include review by the community boards and the borough president and City Council approval. This process will likely take at least two years.  That is why over the past several months, the Hudson River Park Trust has met with community boards, neighborhood associations, local elected officials and others with a stake in our communities to commit to an open and transparent process. Though we have no formal role in next week’s Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation forum, we will of course attend to listen and, if asked, clarify the facts. Hudson River Park’s mandate focuses solely on ensuring the park is completed and well maintained. Decisions about where any future air rights may be created or used remain with the city and its Department of City Planning. At the successful completion of the land use review process, only then will it be possible to transfer a prescribed amount of

development rights. The process will dictate in detail where the air rights in the park may be transferred from and which areas of the park will benefit from any new resources created. History clearly indicates that every advancement at Hudson River Park was born out of a shared process between the community and government. Without an extensive and collaborative process, efforts fail. The same is true now. If some development rights can be transferred off the park’s designated commercial piers, that will reduce development in the park and may be an elegant solution to helping complete and care for the park.  We understand the concern about overdevelopment being expressed in some parts of the community. But because the park and our communities should support each other, we ask that we work together constructively as planning proceeds and avoid being led down roads where facts do not matter. A strong public process is what created this unique public space that has made our communities more livable. The same commitment to collaboration and transparency will ensure we can save it.   Wils is president and C.E.O., Hudson River Park Trust, and former chairperson, Community Board 1

Town hall to seek solid answers on park air rights TALKING POINT BY ANDREW BERMAN

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or years, residents of our neighborhoods have fought to keep development, especially along our waterfront, low-rise and in scale with our community. But that long-standing effort now faces a serious new threat. Legislation passed by the state Assembly and Senate in June — with very little notice and almost no public discussion — allows air rights from the Hudson River Park to be sold and used one block inland, potentially anywhere from 59th St. to Chambers St. Money from the sale would go toward the park, but the air rights would increase the size of development along the waterfront. That legislation is now on Governor Cuomo’s desk. What to do about and how to respond to this new legislation, and its potential impact upon our waterfront and our neighborhood, will be the subject of a town hall meeting being held by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and more than 20 other Village, Chelsea, Soho

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and Tribeca groups, at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 13, at Our Lady of Guadalupe / St. Bernard’s Church, 328 W. 14th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Such a meeting is so important because the public still knows very little about this measure, how it will work, and what they can do about it. For example, we still don’t know how many air rights there are. The Hudson River Park Trust, which came up with this plan, and our local state legislators — all of whom voted for the legislation, introduced by Assemblymembers Glick and Gottfried — say more measuring and calculating still need to be done before they can know for sure. And there are some still-unsettled questions about which of the park’s piers do or don’t have air rights. But the Trust and the legislators think there is currently about 1.6 million square feet of air rights that the legislation allows to be transferred and used in our neighborhoods — even more, if existing park pier structures are dismantled, as is envisioned in some cases. According to city data, the 454-foot-tall Trump Soho Condo Hotel is about 250,000 square feet; this means there is at least an additional six Trump Soho’s worth of air rights

currently in the park that could potentially be used along our waterfront, on top of the millions of square feet of development the existing zoning already allows there. About 600,000 of those 1.6 million square feet of air rights come from Pier 40, which is important to know because any air rights

There is a massive incentive for allowing this increased development to happen.

from that pier will likely only be used within Community Board 2. (According to published reports, the current pier-shed structure on Pier 40 has about 730,000 square feet of space, which is how many additional air rights would be created and could be used for inland development if the shed were to

be demolished). We are also trying to ascertain how exactly “one block inland” from the park is defined, which is where the state legislation says the air rights may be used. In some cases, such as around Weehawken St. or between W. 13th and 14th Sts., what qualifies as “one block” is not entirely clear. And between 14th and 15th Sts., where the Hudson River Park extends inland to 10th Ave., it would appear the air rights can be used as far east as Ninth Ave. When and how the air rights could be used is also a critical unanswered question. The Trust and state legislators both say that while the legislation allows the air rights to be sold for development inland, they cannot actually be used on those inland spots until and unless a second step is taken by the city or the state also to allow it. Given the vaguely worded state legislation, many of us are not so sure, and believe it may be possible under certain conditions for the air rights to be used without a second city or state action. While no BERMAN, continued on p. 14

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attempt to do so appears imminent right now, this remains an important long-term question that needs to be resolved. The second step, or steps, which the Trust and state legislators say will determine where air rights will be used are a state “General Project Plan,” or a city rezoning, or possibly more than one of each. The exact terms of a G.P.P. would be decided by the governor, the Assembly speaker and the state Senate majority leader — Albany’s proverbial “three men in a room.” In such a case, our local communities would have little or no leverage over the final outcome; G.V.S.H.P. and several of our fellow community groups have already written to the governor to say that such a process is unacceptable. Unfortunately, the other option is not that much better. A city rezoning must be approved by the City Council and also the City Planning Commission, the latter which is controlled by the mayor. Because the City Council gives a lot of deference to the local councilmember on land use issues, local communities can have some leverage over the outcome. But the full Council can ignore the wishes of the local councilmember; plus, that councilmember may vote against the wishes of his or her own community. The N.Y.U. expansion plan, the rezoning of St. Vincent’s Hospital for condo development and the Chelsea Market rezoning, allowing large additions atop that historic complex, were all approved through this process. Finally, we need to know where the air rights can be used in this “one block inland” zone. In the Village, some sites are probably safe from possible air rights transfers — such as those that we have successfully fought to get landmarked in recent years, and those with co-op and condo buildings, which are hard to demolish because the consent of all owners would be needed. This leaves two kinds of sites where air rights could be transferred and used — those with “contextual zoning,” which limits the allowable size and height of new development, and those without. G.V.S.H.P. and many Villagers fought hard for and got contextual zoning for a patchwork of sites between Morton and Horatio Sts. in 2005. (We sought it for a much broader extent, but the city only consented to a more-limited area.) Because of the strict height caps contextual zoning creates, the only way the air rights could be used on these sites would be if these hard-fought-for protections were undone. This would be a tremendous blow to the community. The other option is for the air rights to be used on sites with no contextual zoning. These are sites that do not have specific height limits, and the primary limitation upon new development’s size is the number of square feet the zoning allows to be built there. Allowing air rights to be transferred from the park to these sites would increase the number of square feet that could

be built there, and would mean that new development would become bigger, or taller — or both — as compared to what could be built currently. For example, the St. John’s Center building, across from Pier 40, has no contextual zoning, and is being looked at as a potential receiving site for air rights. The current zoning allows 1 million square feet of development on that very large site. (Using the aforementioned city data, that’s the equivalent of four Trump Soho’s, or about the size of the Chrysler Building or The New York Times headquarters at Eighth Ave. and 41st St.) But if air rights were added, the new structure could be even larger. There are several other sites in the Meatpacking District and elsewhere in this corridor where air rights could be transferred that similarly have no landmark protections, no contextual zoning, and no co-op or condo buildings, and thus could face similar air rights development scenarios, albeit on a smaller scale. The only alternative to these scenarios is the possibility of using the air rights to expand the allowable uses that could be developed on a site, rather than the development’s allowable size. For example, could air rights be used to grant a developer the right to build a 50,000-square-foot residential building on a site that currently only allows a 50,000-square-foot hotel or office building to be constructed? There is some precedent for doing so, though this exact maneuver has never been done before. We have asked about the feasibility of this option with city and state officials, and are researching the answer ourselves. If it turns out this is not possible, then there will be just two troubling possible routes for using the air rights: stripping contextual zoning protections we fought for specifically to limit the size of development, or allowing even larger development on sites without contextual zoning, where many of us would probably say the permitted size of new development is already too great. Neither option that the legislation leaves us with seems very appealing. To be fair, a city rezoning or a state G.P.P. could be undertaken at any time to allow larger development along our waterfront. But the difference is that this new legislation links increasing the size of development along our waterfront to the sale of air rights to fund the Hudson River Park. This creates a massive incentive for allowing this increased development to happen, and provides a powerful tool to any developer seeking to sell their plans to the city and state officials who will decide their fate, and the powerful editorial boards who frequently weigh in on and influence these decisions. Clearly, we have our work cut out for us. Please join your neighbors at the town hall at 328 W. 14th St. at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 13, to find out more about what you can do. Berman is executive director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

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Bill de Blasio gave the thumbs up to the crowd as he announced his victory on Tuesday evening. DE BLASIO, continued from p. 1

“I’ve spoken throughout this campaign about a tale of two cities,” de Blasio continued. “That inequality, that feeling of a few doing very well while so many slip further behind — that is the defining challenge of our time. … Making sure no son or daughter of New York falls behind defines the very promise of our city. “The city has overcome hurricanes, terrorist attacks, but the gutsy New Yorkers always prevailed,” he said. “But the challenge today is different. The creeping specter of inequality must be confronted, and will not weaken our resolve.” On one point, de Blasio has already surpassed Bloomberg. De Blasio also addressed the crowd in Spanish, and his accent was much better than that of the mayor, who has been regularly ribbed for his bilingual forays. Among the Democratic politicians in the packed auditorium were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressmember Caroline Maloney. Exit polls showed de Blasio took almost the entire black vote and close to 90 percent of Hispanics, but just around 50 percent of the white vote. Despite all the left-leaning talk — plus,

longtime ally Letitia James, the new public advocate, on the big screen promising equal opportunity for all — no dramatic change in the fortunes of the wealthy, a key tax base, is coming, insisted Joel Giambara. The former Erie County executive and friend of de Blasio’s going back to the latter’s HUD days, said a de Blasio administration would be governed from the center. “He understands the need for moderation,” Giambara said. On top of minor tax hikes on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-K, he said, de Blasio would look to re-appropriate funds through trimming wasteful spending. City Coucilmember and fellow Democrat Robert Jackson, who ran unsuccessfully for Manhattan borough president, said that the election’s racial disparities don’t reflect a citywide racial divide, but rather that the new administration would mirror the values and ideals of a united city. The mayor-elect’s strong showing was matched Downtown, where interviews with voters indicated strong support. “I think de Blasio is more in touch with the real population of New York, not just wealthy business people,” said Yvette Velez, 40, a Tribeca resident. She added that she likes current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but believes that he has focused far too much on the city’s affluent community. Downtowners also said they liked de Blasio’s emphasis on expanding pre-K programs and taxing the wealthy to pay for it. John Scott, a Democratic district leader from Independence Plaza, said he thinks the tax plan has a good chance to pass in Albany despite what others have said.

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“I remember that Governor Cuomo was originally against raising the millionaire’s tax, but he changed after people put a lot of pressure on him,” Scott said. “I’m excited about the fact that the new City DE BLASIO, continued on p. 29

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POLICE BLOTTER Bernie Goetz gets smoked

Busted for bogus T-shirts Police arrested Roville Norman, 51, who was allegedly selling clothing with fake name-brand labels near Union Square on Sun., Nov. 3. Around 3:15 p.m., an officer approached Norman’s sidewalk stand on Broadway, between E. 13th and 14th Sts., and spotted 10 T-shirts that featured a falsely copied version of the Burberry trademark. The officer immediately shut down the stand and handcuffed the allegedly bogus peddler.

Phone snatcher Police said Khalid Herdigein, 38, was arrested after he snatched a cell phone out of a man’s pocket early on Sat., Nov. 2. A witness told patrolling cops that, around 2:30 a.m., Herdigein was rifling through the man’s pockets while they were both standing at the intersection of Barrow and W. Fourth Sts. The officers were able to spot the alleged thief before he could get far, and minutes later apprehended him and found the stolen phone. Herdigein was charged with grand larceny.

Strange slasher Police said Nole Guipson, 35, was arrested after he attacked an unwitting man on a Meatpacking District sidewalk early on Fri., Nov. 1. The alleged victim, 22, told cops that he was ordering food at a halal cart near the corner of W. 14th and Hudson Sts. around 4:30 a.m.,when he saw Guipson chasing two people down the sidewalk. Guipson then reportedly approached the man and cut the man’s hand with an unknown sharp object, then fled south on Hudson St. His hand bleeding, the man was able to flag down a police car seconds later, and officers collared Guipson shortly after canvassing the area. Guipson was charged with assault, although the object he allegedly used to slash the victim was not recovered.

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Police arrested Bernard Goetz, 66, after he allegedly tried to sell marijuana to an undercover officer in Union Square. Goetz is the infamous vigilante who shot four black teenagers on a subway train in 1984, claiming he thought they were going to rob him. On the night of Fri., Nov. 1, Goetz reportedly approached the female undercover cop in Union Square Park and asked her if she wanted to get high. Shortly afterward, he walked back to his home on 14th St. and returned with $30 worth of pot wrapped in a napkin, police said. Goetz was charged with criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. He later told the New York Post, in response to a question, that he “wasn’t high” when he gunned down the youths in 1984. “To perform as good as that, with shooting, I don’t think you could do it stoned,” the Post quoted Goetz as saying, after he was released from custody following his arraignment on the drug charges. Goetz is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 18.

Norman was charged with trademark counterfeiting. He reportedly told the arresting officer that the shirts were $15 each, when the officer inquired before busting him.

Manhole fires on Broadway at Spring St. Monday afternoon caused havoc for traffic going southbound traffic on Broadway and eastbound on Spring St. After firefighters extinguished the flames, the manholes were cordoned off. One bus was shepherded along Spring St. by Port Authority Police cars both ahead of it and behind it. The bus, which turned onto a packed Mercer St., was filled with members of the Jets football team going to an event at the Mercer St. party venue. Above, the Jets players getting off the bus in Soho.

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Police arrested Jose Rivera, 35, after he allegedly attacked a uniformed officer near Sheridan Square early on Fri., Nov. 1. The cop was trying to break up a fight between Rivera and another man near the corner of Bleecker and Christopher Sts. around 4 a.m., when Rivera turned and began punching the officer, police said. The officer was treated for minor injuries at Lutheran Medical Center in Midtown, after other officers subdued the aggressor. Rivera was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Authorities evacuated around 100 people from two buildings after several manholes on a Soho block caught fire on Nov. 4. The blazes started shortly after 3 p.m., on Broadway between Spring and Broome Sts., and about 60 firefighters responded to the scene minutes later, a Fire Department spokesperson said. The flames were contained and put out by around 4 p.m. The buildings at 520 and 524 Broadway were both evacuated because of briefly elevated carbon monoxide levels from the fires, officials said. No injuries were reported.

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Monumental battle in Nolita over fate of garden site BY GERARD FLYNN

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and use issues at community board meetings can generate strong feelings, and a special public hearing held by Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee Monday evening was no exception. Community residents are upset with city plans to turn the Elizabeth St. Garden, a 20,000-square-foot, cityowned lot in Nolita into affordable housing units. The open space was tacked on last year to the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, or SPURA, project, a mixeduse development at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. SPURA will include 1,000 housing units, of which 500 will be permanently affordable for residents earning 30 percent of area median income, which for New York City is $90,000. While recognizing the need for affordable housing, the project’s opponents want to preserve the site as a permanent public green space, for their well-being and that of their children. They reminded those at the hearing that Little Italy and Soho have one of the lowest ratios citywide for park space — .07 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents — and that in a sea of concrete, the soft touch of grass is crucial to for local kids growing up in the neighborhood. The Elizabeth St. site was a blighted lot until 1991, when it was transformed into a sculpture garden by Allan Reiver, owner of the adjacent Elizabeth Street Gallery. Reiver denied charges that the garden was not open to the public until news got out in June about the city’s housing plans. He said that due to insurance concerns about some of the valuable artwork on display at the site, access has been through his gallery since 2005. However, since news of the housing plan got around in June, local volunteers have helped make the garden increasingly accessible to the public. One speaker at Monday’s hearing remarked that a person could not “stand in that garden for one hour and think that it ought to be a building.” An online petition has garnered nearly 800 signatures since June, and a recent October “Harvest Festival” brought an estimated 1,500 residents to the garden. City Councilmember Margaret Chin attended the hearing and later expressed hope for a compromise on the issue. She said she “would love to see” a mixed use for the site — affordable housing with additional on-site space accessible to the public. She said while nothing is set in stone at this early stage, the units will probably be affordable for applicants at 30 to 40 percent, and even up

Differing from most community gardens, the Elizabeth St. Garden is chock full of large-scale ornaments.

to 80 percent of median area income. Although a city planner from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which will oversee the project, kickstarted the meeting’s discussion with an overview on affordable housing and possible designs for the site, the proposal is in its preliminary stages and neither a design nor a developer have been chosen. Because the site is in the Little Italy Special District, there is a height cap of 75 feet, equal to about seven stories, for new construction. When asked why local residents can’t instead just use other green spaces, like Tompkins Square Park, Aaron Booher, an architect and member of the Elizabeth Street Garden Committee, said the Nolita garden must be preserved because other green spaces are too far away.

While most of the roughly 200 people at the meeting raucously expressed their disapproval of the housing plan, not everyone wanted the garden preserved. Debbie Gonzalez said she admired the Elizabeth St. lot, but only learned it was open to the public in June. She was dismayed when she heard some opponents at the meeting voice fears the project would bring low-income residents into the neighborhood and drive property prices down. K Webster said that many who want to preserve the Elizabeth St. site as green space were “well-heeled” and so didn’t need affordable housing. But many elderly in the neighborhood live in walk-ups, she added, so new housing is more sorely needed than open space. She added that if she can use other green spaces farther afield, like Tompkins Square Park, the project’s opponents can, too. Tobi Bergman, chairperson of the C.B. 2 Land Use Committee, said afterward, “I was surprised that the community spoke out in such a unified voice. Fifty-three people, all nearby residents, spoke with passion for preserving the garden. The only people who spoke in favor of affordable housing were one resident who needs a bigger apartment for his family, his grandmother and two community organizers who live in Community Board 3. It was very persuasive.”

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‘The Mutilated’ is a magical gumbo you won’t soon forget THEATER THE MUTILATED By Tennessee Williams Directed by Cosmin Chivu Original music by Jesse Selengut Music performed by Tin Pan Previews: Nov. 7–9 at 7:30pm, Nov. 9 at 3pm Regular Performances: Nov. 10 at 7pm, Nov. 12–16, 19–23, 26-30 at 7:30pm and Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & Dec. 1 at 3pm At the New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher St. (btw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.) For tickets ($35), call 888-596-1027 PHOTO BY SCOTT WYNN

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Mink Stole (left) and Penny Arcade are a spectacular study in realism vs. expressionism.

larger-than-life as Williams’ sordidly symbiotic odd couple, Trinket and Celeste, who bide their time at the down-at-theheels Silver Dollar Hotel in New Orleans. The two characters in some ways seem to embody the two sides of Williams the playwright (realism vs. expressionism). As directed by Cosmin Chivu, the actresses seem to play it in just that way. As Trinket, a lonely Texas oil heiress who has been “mutilated” by a mastectomy, Mink Stole is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking — and much in line with our expectations for a traditional interpretation. If there is a “way” to do Williams’ dramas, she is doing it the way we want it done. On the other hand, Penny Arcade as the manipulative low-life Celeste (who lives by sponging off Trinket) is a more

Brechtian presence, working the crowd like a music hall mama (she reminded me a little of Martha Raye). This style of performance is well within Williams’ tradition too, though more in line with his lesser-known experimental works, which of course “The Mutilated” happens to be. The play is full of fourth-wall-smashing direct address and similar techniques (such as poetry and songs). Chivu amps up the theatricality with a Greek chorus of seedy NOLA denizens, and lots and lots of terrific original music composed by Jesse Selengut and played by his jazz quartet Tin Pan. It all adds up to a magical gumbo and an evening of theatre you won’t soon forget. 

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Puppet Master Augustine’s Lone Wolf Tribe to debut two new works

THEATER THE GOD PROJEKT Conceived by Kevin Augustine  Written and directed by Kevin Augustine and Edward Einhorn Presented by the La MaMa Puppet Series November 14-24 Thurs.-Sat. at 9pm, Sunday at 5:30pm At The Club Theatre, at La MaMa 74 E. Fourth St. (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.) For tickets ($18, $15 for students/seniors), call 212-475-7710 or visit lamama.org

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now-defunct Collective Unconscious space on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, partaking of yet another show in the third annual New York International Fringe Festival: “Big Top Machine.” Kevin was on stage, the lone human actor in a play that had a cast of dozens; all his co-stars were puppets. His human character was a guy named Stan, a fellow who found his true self while working in a circus as “Ramsey the Flying Man.” At this particular moment I’m thinking of, Stan was in a bar, having a drink with his boss, Frank the Ringmaster. Frank was portrayed by a puppet, manipulated and voiced by Kevin. We could clearly see Kevin’s hand up Frank’s back, working his little machinery, and we could clearly see Kevin’s lips move every time Frank talked. And yet, I could swear (still would, in fact) that Frank was alive. That’s Kevin’s gift — the ability to endow the puppets who share the stage with him with something that feels eerily like sentience, like a soul. It’s not just the painstakingly detailed movements he’s able to provide his non-human co-stars that make them seem human. It’s something deeper and more magical and much harder to explain than that. But if you’ve ever seen Kevin Augustine in any of his shows, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Frank the ringmaster and Ramsey the Flying Man, from “Big Top Machine.”

If you haven’t, well, you’re in luck. Kevin will be back in New York City twice this season, after an absence of five years. In February 2014, Dixon Place will host the NYC premiere of “Hobo Grunt Cycle,” a work that Kevin has been developing for most of those five years, in places as diverse as Holland, Brazil, San Francisco and Philadelphia. And before that, from November 14-24, La MaMa will be presenting Kevin’s newest show, “The God Projekt,” at their Club space, as part of their Puppet Series. “The God Projekt” is inspired by an earlier Augustine opus called “Bride.” In it, he considers the task of creation and the lot of the creator by portraying The Creator — God Himself, that is. The character of God that Kevin and his co-author/codirector Edward Einhorn have imagined in this show is indeed resolutely male, sort of a gruffer, more rough-hewn version of the George Burns God from the late ‘70s. “The God Projekt” was conceived as a solo show, although there is now a helper on stage during one highly technical bit. Plus, Kevin says, “we’re playing with the relationship of the collaborators within the staging of the piece,” and so Einhorn will have a vocal and visible, though offstage, presence as well. Otherwise it’s just Kevin as God and a whole passel of his creations. Trying to pin down exactly what Kevin Augustine does is fairly difficult. By training, he’s an actor (he studied at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts). But as a boy, inspired by his grandma, he learned how to make puppets. And when, while im-

mersed in a career as a solo performance artist, he wanted some companions on stage with him, he decided to build them himself. Usually, they’re made from foam rubber and crafted to be handled Bunraku-style, via rods controlling their arms, legs or other limbs. In his shows, Kevin operates the leading puppet characters himself, while puppeteers — usually shrouded in black garments — manipulate the supporting cast members. Kevin generally voices all of the characters, and as I’ve said, there is no pretense or artifice in this. He’s not a ventriloquist, out to fool the audience into believing sound is coming from this or that location on the stage. No, Kevin’s a oneman ensemble — breathing life and not just words into the many roles he plays, but also convincing his audience that all the moving and speaking beings on stage are alive. Kevin writes the plays he performs. For Lone Wolf Tribe, the company he founded in 1997 to present his unique puppet works, there have been six full-length productions to date. “Once Vaudeville” introduced him to New York audiences in the 1998 FringeNYC festival. “Big Top Machine” followed a year later and won him the Fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award. “10” was featured in FringeNYC in 2000. This was the first of Kevin’s works to explore the relationship between creator and creation, something that would be examined in a much grander scale in “Bride,” which played at PS122 in 2008. In between came the work I would consider to be, so far, his masterpiece: “Animal,” about a troubled young man and his spirit guide, a “five-eighths human genetically altered test subject” named Eugene. In “Animal,” Kevin traces Eugene’s growth from a baby to maturity, creating numerous puppets at different points in Eugene’s sad, unselfish life — one generously lent to a human who may or may not deserve it. This play explores subjects as diverse yet fundamental as cloning and genetic mutations, shamanism and animal rights. I was so impressed and moved by it that I asked Kevin if we could include it in New York Theatre Experience’s anthology of new indie theater, “Plays and Playwrights 2005,” even though it’s quite unlike any other play I’ve ever published, in that it’s written for one actor and many puppets. Kevin, happily, said yes. (Both GOD PROJEKT, continued on p.23

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Augustine’s puppets have sentience and soul “Big Top Machine” and “Animal” are published on Indie Theater Now, and both “Hobo Grunt Cycle” and “The God Projekt” are targeted for publication there next year.) I will never forget the night we launched “Plays and Playwrights 2005” at Baruch Center for the Performing Arts. Kevin had agreed to do a scene from “Animal” as part of our presentation that night. I went backstage at one point looking for him — and found, alone in his dressing room, two of the Eugene puppets, sitting, quite naturally and humanly, together at a table. Waiting, so it appeared, for the master to come by and give them life. So now, happily, we have two new Kevin Augustine plays coming to New York in the space of four months. I am eager to see these latest of Kevin’s plays. He describes “Hobo Grunt Cycle” as “a war and peace meditation with life-sized puppets, colliding connections between wounded soldiers, illegal dog fighting and the hierarchies of circus per-

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formers and military personnel.” And “The God Projekt,” he says, is “a raucous investigation into the mysteries of the universe,” featuring “bloody puppetry” and “Catskill-style stand-up comedy.” I interviewed Kevin recently about both shows in a podcast that you can find at Indie Theater Now’s iTunes channel. Kevin’s obsessions are rooted in his own deep compassion and humanity, and in the strange and wonderful meta-ness of his particular art. Watching them unfurl on stage in his unique, extraordinary style is the great gift that he makes to his audience. Those in search of what puppet theatre can do — and more generally, what theater can do — are about to have two relatively rare opportunities to see one of our true American Masters at work. I advise you not to miss them.

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MIKE BENT, AT MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC New York’s longest-running OffBroadway magic show pulls a Bostonbaked rabbit out if its hat — when the November 11 edition of “Monday Night Magic” welcomes the very funny, genu-

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ PRESENTS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLEN MANDEL! Composer and pianist Ellen Mandel has carved out a cozy little niche as The Cornelia Street Café’s in-house songwriter for those occasions when the venerable West Village dining and performance space celebrates the birthdays of celebrated poets. Ogden Nash, e. e. cummings and W.B. Yeats are among those

Straight up: Mike Bent is one funny magician.

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Music Director Barbara conducts The Greenwich Village Orchestra, for a program including Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. Violinist Itamar Zorman, the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, will be the concert’s guest soloist. Presented this summer at a Galilee Mountains festival in its chamber form, GVO’s performance of Israeli composer Moshe Zorman’s Galilean Suite will be its world premiere, as a symphonic piece. Sun., Nov. 17, from 3-5pm. At Washington Irving Auditorium (in Washington Irving High School — 40 Irving Place, at the southeast corner of Irving Place & 17th St.). Suggested donation: $15, $10 for students and seniors. For more info, visit gvo.org.

inely mad and quite possibly insane Mike Bent. His act is a unique blend of stand-up, special effects, offbeat magic and surprise — and it’s surprisingly family-friendly. Bent’s a regular entertainer at the White House Easter Egg Roll (but still has a few tricks up his sleeve that will shock and, quite possibly, disturb). At this gig, he’ll be joined by fellow prestidigitator David Corsao and sleight-of-hand champ Rocco. Mike Bent appears on Nov. 11. “Monday Night Magic” happens every Monday at 8pm (downstairs lounge opens at 7pm). At the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St., btw. Bleecker & W. Third Sts.). For tickets ($42.50), call 800-838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com. Premium and VIP seats: $66.50 and $72.50. For info, call 212-6156432 or visit mondaynightmagic.com.

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A world premiere and a Tchaikovsky Competition winner enliven the Nov. 17 concert from The Greenwich Village Orchestra.

She writes the songs: Birthday girl Ellen Mandel is feted by the Cornelia Street Café crew, on Nov. 11.

who’ve been on the receiving end of her often humorous melodies — which the New York Times described as “ardent, spiky, and freshly organic.” “I only write songs to poems I love,” says Mandel, “and I’m always thrilled when audiences tell me that my songs make them love the poems too.” Now, it’s payback time — as Cornelia’s go-to gal receives her own birthday tribute evening (for the equally noble goals of repaying her creative contribution and raising a glass or two). Baritone Daniel Neer and soprano Jessica Cran-

dall, with Ellen at the piano, will sing greatest hits from other evenings, as well as new Mandel songs, with actors Paul Hecht and Kim Sykes reading the poems. Mon., Nov. 11, at 6pm. At the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia St., btw. Bleecker & W. Fourth Sts.). Tickets are $15 (includes one drink). For reservations (strongly encouraged), call 212-989-9319. Visit corneliastreetcafe.com and ellenmandel.com.

QUILT EXHIBIT: “DAILY INSPIRATION”

New York City’s only gallery devoted to contemporary art quilts presents “Daily Inspiration” — a solo exhibit from Cécile Trentini. The Zurich, Switzerland-based artist began her career as a painter. Recalling how a fascination with the geometrical elements of traditional patchwork led her to quilting, the artist says she “immediately felt at home in the world of fiber, replacing brush, canvas and paints with the sewing machine, fabrics and thread.” Her experience as a sculptor drawn to the use of unconventional materials informs the tactile element of her quilt art (foil chocolate wrappers comprise the grayish work “Daily Sweets”). Trentini used cotton makeup JUST DO ART, continued on p.25

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pads to create a quilt, then took a collection of photos showing close-ups of its individual blocks. Released earlier this year by C&T Publishing, “Daily Beauty: 365 Ways to Play with Everyday Quilt Embellishments” is the book — and its namesake quilt, “Daily Beauty,” is part of the gallery exhibit. Free. Nov. 12-Dec. 28. Opening Reception: Mon., Nov. 11, 6-7:30pm. At The ArtQuilt Gallery (133 W. 25th St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.) Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. Call 212807-9451 or visit artquiltgallerynyc. For more info on the artist, visit stoffwerke.ch.

country had gone from the “good war” to a cold one — and the painting was covered from view by a curtain. In a Nov. 10 ceremony, St. Peter’s will once again display Witonski’s mural — revealing it during a special Mass to honor U.S. veterans of all faiths and their families (a timely observance taking place just prior to Veteran’s Day). Sun., Nov. 10, during the 10am Mass at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Call 212-929-2390 or visit stpeterschelsea.com. Also visit facebook.com/ StPetersChelsea and follow them at twitter.com/ StPetersChelsea.

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Pay attention to that man beside the brocade curtain: Fr. Harding preps for the big reveal — at St. Peter’s, on Nov. 10.

On view at The ArtQuilt Gallery (Nov. 12-Dec. 28) as part of her “Daily Inspiration” exhibit: Cécile Trentini’s “Synthesis” (2009, hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics, 29.5" x 39.4").

WWII MURAL REVEALED

Regarded by the St. Peter’s congregation as too militaristic, “Our Lord Blessing a Soldier and a Sailor” has been covered from sight for the past 59 years. Painted by parishioner (and Army veteran) Col. Ted Witonski, the 1946 mural depicts Jesus, St. George and the Archangel St. Michael blessing two praying WWII servicemen. By 1954, the

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 33 HENRY STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/15/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 2121 Roundpoint Dr., Haverstraw, NY 10927. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF AUDUBON TP4 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 666 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10103. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Phillips Nizer LLP at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PROMENADE GLOBAL LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/22/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Nelson Management Group Ltd., 118-35 Queens Blvd., 14th Fl., Forest Hills, NY 11375. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF HALLE’S JEWELS Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 10 W 47 St NUM M110, NY NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act. 2169796 w.o Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 2061 JERICHO LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/04/2013. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 250 W. 26th St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MCCOURT GLOBAL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 888 7th Ave., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10106. LLC formed in DE on 12/20/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 155 BLEECKER TREVI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/3/12. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Trevi Retail LLC, 130 E. 59th St., Ste. 14A, NY, NY 10022. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154, Attn: Marc J. Becker, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ISR MARINE INSURANCE SERVICES LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/23/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 299 Ballardvale St., Wilmington, MA 01887. LLC formed in DE on 9/4/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF CLEARVUE RC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/8/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 405 E. 63rd St., Ste. 10K, NY, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF MCCOURT PARTNERS LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 888 7th Ave., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10106. LLC formed in DE on 4/27/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013 NAME OF LLC: HNL VENTURES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 10/7/13. Office loc.: NY Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/24 - 11/28/2013

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ELISABETH CROS CONSULTING, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/24/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Herve N. Linder Ernst & Linder LLC 17 Battery Place Ste. 1307 NewYork, NY 10004. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 WEBSTER FUNDING LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 09/05/2013. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, C/O JVG MANAGEMENT, 20 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 BIG SISTER HOLDING LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/23/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: GGMC, 1651 Third Ave., NY, NY 10128. General Purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 WHITTMAN PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/24/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 200 Park Ave. S., Ste. 1518, NY, NY 10003. General Purpose Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 DECORATORSBEST TRADE, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/25/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 767 Lexington Ave., Ste. 505, NY, NY 10065. General Purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 65 FOURTH, LLC a domestic LLC, currently known as IPPUDO NY, LLC, filed with the SSNY on 8/29/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: R.O.S.E., 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 2160, NY, NY 10170. General Purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ESRT 250 WEST 57TH ST., L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/05/13. Princ. office of LLC: One Grand Central Pl., 60 E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: MedSpa 44, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/04/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 144 E. 44th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10017. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF BLONDIT LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/1/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/30/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Lori Hope Shabtai, 1 Central Park West, Apt. 41C, NY, NY 10023. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNE CONSULTING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/4/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gleason & Koatz, LLP, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 518, NY, NY 10168. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ST. URBAN, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lenore Davis, 285 Central Park West, Apt. 8S, NY, NY 10024-3006. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF CAVALIER TELEPHONE, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/27/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in VA on 10/6/98. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Principal office addr.: 4001 Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock, AR 72212. Cert. of Org. filed with VA Clerk of the Commission, 1300 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF OASIS JIMMA JUICE BAR, LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 3163 BROADWAY NY, NY 10027. Purpose: any lawful act. 2139669. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EEGO 123 WILLIAM OWNER, LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 6/8/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC:The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/17 - 11/21/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF TOURAINE 3B, LLC Art of Org filed with Secy of State of NY on 6/18/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 5/15/13. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to princ bus address: 1000 Brickell Ave, Ste. 300, Miami, FL 33131. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of DE located: 16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 355 GREENWICH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 419 Park Ave. South, 15th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: The acquisition, ownership, leasing, operation, sale or other disposition of the commercial units in the building known as The GreenwichTownhouse Condominium and by the street number 355-361Greenwich Street a/k/a 28-30 Harrison Street, New York, New York. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PHAETRA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GP, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/24/13. Princ. office of LLC: Attn: Haena Park, 55 W. 25th St., #14J, NY, NY 10010. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ORBIMED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE GP LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/30/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/22/13. Princ. office of LLC: 601 Lexington Ave., 54th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State, State of DE, Dept. of State,Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Investments. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STACEY GANDLER PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/30/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 333 E. 75th St., #5G, NY, NY 10021. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF STYLE BOOKINGS LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 181 Thompson St 9 NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful act. 2161145 w.o. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 LESLIE DAVENPORT LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/29/13. Office location: NewYork County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Leslie Davenport, 173 E. 101st St., NY, NY 10029. General Purposes. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 SOLE HUB, LLC a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/11/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 75 Broad St., Ste. 3010, NY, NY 10004. General Purposes. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: 111 POWERS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/18/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 530 Laguardia Place, New York, NewYork 10012. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF RIDGE ADVISORY, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/10/2013. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNION SQUARE DOWNTOWN LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/17/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Chadbourne & Parke, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rm. 3248, NY, NY 10112. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF UNCONVENTIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Pavel Kolarov, 315 E. 80th St., Apt. 6H, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful activities Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GLOBEY WORLD PRODUCTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/19/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 357 W. 22nd St., #1, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10 - 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TLDH CO, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/16/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Leon Wagner, 600 Madison Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF ILLUMINARIUM EXPERIENCES LLC App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/24/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/5/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ENY II DEVELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF BRP ENY II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o BRP Companies, 767 Third Ave., 33rd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE HOTEL JUNIOR MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE HOTEL SENIOR MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE RETAIL LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF 30 PARK PLACE RRG MEZZ LLC Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 8/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, Attn: Corporation Service Co., regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Vil: 10/10- 11/14/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GO ROCKWELL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/24/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 1010 Ave. of the Americas, 4th Fl., NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Gotham Organization, Inc., Attn: Christopher Jaskiewicz at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF SAMBA CHAPTER TWO, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/21/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Samba Brands Management, 17 E. 16th St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOT. OF FRMN OF 1114 AVENUE OF AMERICA L.P. Cert. of L.P. f w/ Secy of STA of NY (SSNY) 07/31/13. OFC LCTN: NY Cty. SSNY is DA upon whom PROC AGA it may be served. SSNY shall mail a CY: C/O 1114 Avenue of America L.P. - 1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. The Prin. bus. add.:1500 Broadway 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10036. PUR: any lawful act or ACTY. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MADELIN ADENA SMITH LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/11/2013. Office location, County of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: TAMARES DEVELOPMENT I MANAGER LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/25/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o BraunsteinTurkish LLP, 7600 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 402, Woodbury, New York 11797. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: GIO COACHING & CONSULTING LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/13. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 408 East 92nd Street, #1403, NewYork, NewYork 10128. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF PLATEAU DATA SERVICES, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/30/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF EVAJOM PRODUCTIONS LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/10/13. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/8/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Paracorp Incorporated, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., #200, Sacramento, CA 95833-3509. Address to be maintained in DE: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 149W119TH, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/2/03. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Charles D. Rubenstein, 192 Lexington Avenue, Suite 901, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Vil: 10/03- 11/07/2013

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In April, the N.Y.U. Feminist Society created an online petition titled, “New York University: Create a Rape Crisis Center.” The students said there was, at that point, no place for the N.Y.U. community to receive proper medical attention, support and education regarding rape prevention and sexual assault. “The 24-hour professional services in place are currently inadequate in addressing the needs of victims who deserve immediate medical attention as well as longterm care,” a statement from the petition read. “N.Y.U. needs to take the initiative to prevent rape culture within its community... . The needs for a Rape Crisis Center are obvious. N.Y.U. has the capability to achieve this. The N.Y.U. community deserves more.” The petition garnered 844 online signatures, and the Feminist Society posted an update on the petition page in October saying that the group had succeeded in working together with the university’s administration to develop more comprehensive rape crisis services and a new Web site. Margaret Smiley, president and cofounder of the Feminist Society, told this newspaper on Tuesday that the Web-site issue was resolved in September, but she added that the university still has not resolved some of the issues laid out in the petition. Smiley said that her group still asserts that N.Y.U. does not offer proper education and awareness programs about sexual assault, and that it does not adequately collect data on instances of sexual assault. Last week, in response to this newspaper ’s inquiry, an N.Y.U. spokesperson acknowledged that the university’s Student Health Center had responded to the petition by working with those students to create the new online resource. The new online site consolidates all information about rape crisis services, including a 24-hour emergency hotline number, in one easily accessible place, the spokesperson said. However, he claimed that the new Web site was actually created “this past spring.” “We continue to meet with the students regularly to work together to enhance our services — particularly awareness and prevention programming — as well as to ensure that the site provides the most up-to-date information about programs and services available to the N.Y.U. community for sexual assault survivors,” the spokesperson said. Considering the sex crimes that took place on and around the university’s campus in October, that ongoing push by the N.Y.U. Feminist Society may be a very important step forward for the overall wellness of the college.

Two young women, one of them sporting awareness-dulling ear buds, walking by the N.Y.U. Catholic Center this Tuesday.

Eight days after the aforementioned Oct. 8 incident, police announced they had arrested a suspect: Glenn Williams, 28. For Williams’s single alleged attack on the 20-year-old woman, the Manhattan District Attorney charged Williams with 21 felonies — sexual assault, five counts of strangulation, five counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree robbery and six counts of sexual abuse. The female student was walking on Thompson St. between Prince and Spring Sts. — about half a mile from the main N.Y.U. campus — around 1:15 a.m. on a Tuesday, when Williams allegedly snuck up behind her, punched her in the head and

N.Y.U. and the university’s Feminist Society disagree on when the university created a centralized rape-crisis Web site.

dragged her between two cars, police said. He then allegedly groped the young woman violently and tried to rape her, but she fought him off and was able to escape into the lobby of a nearby building, leaving her purse and most of her personal belongings behind, police said. Three weeks later, on the morning of Thurs., Oct. 31, a 24-year-old worker at the N.Y.U. Catholic Center — located at the

corner of Thompson St. and Washington Square South, a block west from the university’s Bobst Library — was the victim of a vicious rape at the hands of an unknown man who is still at large. The young woman, who was on her way into the building around 5:30 a.m. to begin preparing breakfast, was followed and subsequently forced inside by the unknown man, who proceeded to rip off her clothes, physically subdue her and rape her, leaving her with cuts and bruises all over her body, according to police. The attacker, who also allegedly stole her bag and phone, then fled south on LaGuardia Place and east W. Third St., eluding police. The unknown man is described as black, in his 20s, with a muscular build, and was wearing a dark-gray sweater, dark-colored jeans, a black fedora-style hat and an elastic bandage wrapped around his right hand, police said. In the aftermath of the crimes — as well as the recent criticisms of the university’s rape crisis services — some female N.Y.U. students are feeling a heightened concern for the dangers that can strike them at any time, even in an area that is statistically one of the city’s safest. “Ever since [the attacks] happened, my friends and I have been a lot more conscious about staying safe,” said sophomore Brenna Pearlman, 19, several days after the most recent incident. “We’ve really made a coordinated effort to always make sure we’re with another person when walking to and from Bobst.” Pearlman explained that she thinks N.Y.U. does “pretty well” in terms of educating female students about how to keep themselves safe in the city, but that the

college could do better when it comes to quickly informing students about criminal activity in the neighborhood. Like all N.Y.U. students, she received an e-mail almost immediately after the Oct. 31 rape was reported to police, informing her of the situation. But she didn’t learn about the Oct. 8 incident until after the suspect was arrested on Oct. 16 — and that was only because her friend, who does volunteer work for the rape crisis advocate program at Bellevue Hospital, told her after hearing the news from a police officer at the hospital. “I never got an e-mail about that one, and after I learned about it, I remember realizing that I’d actually left Bobst very early in the morning [on Oct. 8], so it easily could’ve been me who ended up in that situation,” Pearlman said. Falynn Newman, a 23-year-old graduate student, said that the recent attacks have also compelled her to be even more conscious of her surroundings, especially when it comes to following certain safety guidelines that she learned from her Brooklyn-born parents — one of which, she pointed out, is never to listen to music through your headphones while walking late at night. “Before this past month, I did it sometimes, but now I never do,” she said. “If you’re wearing headphones, you just don’t hear who’s behind you, and you’re not really paying attention to what’s going on. And I realized that I need to be a little more aware, a little more careful.” The reporter spoke to Newman as she was walking out of Bobst Library around 6 p.m. on Sunday, an hour after sunset. “I try to leave the library pretty early,” she said. “Just now, I was going to stay for another hour, but my mom just called me and said, ‘Oh, it’s getting dark, you should head home.’ And so I left, because it is pretty dark, and you really don’t know who could be following you.” Meanwhile, the university’s campus security seems to have stepped up its patrols around Washington Square since the October attacks. A security guard was passing by Bobst around the same time that Newman was leaving on Sunday. He acknowledged that, although he isn’t aware of any long-term plans for increased patrolling, he and his colleagues have been more active in the week following the most recent incident. The guard, who said he has worked at N.Y.U. for 10 years and has a background in both the military and other urban security jobs, seemed to have been thinking a lot about the Oct. 31 attack as he made the rounds. “Hearing about it...my heart goes out to her,” he said. “It makes me sick to my stomach. And no matter how much you’ve seen, you never get numb to something like this.”

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continued. “If you interview any other veterans, I don’t think you’re going to find that.” After the war, Smith returned to the University of Northern Iowa on the G.I. Bill, followed by a Masters of Arts at Columbia University in English literature, where his adviser was Lionel Trilling, the famed literary critic. To get to New York, Smith cashed in the train ticket his parents bought him, and instead hitchhiked his way. “I got there pretty quickly,” he said. During his first week at Columbia in 1948, Smith met Fernando Vargas, a sound engineer, who would become his partner for 40 years until his death. Smith had not realized he was gay until then. “When we went to my room, that’s when the mystery was solved,” he said. Smith became a high school English teacher, first in Manhattan and then in New Canaan, Connecticut. He taught for 32 years. Starting in 1977, for more than a decade, he spent summers in the Caribbean working as a journalist. Smith was

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also a book review editor at a humanist magazine, and later became the book review editor at Humanist. Currently, he is the editor of The Pink Humanist. In 1961, he and Vargas founded Variety, a recording studio. One of their first customers was Marvin Hamlisch, a young composer and conductor, who brought in Liza Minnelli, an actress and singer, when she was a high school junior. The couple did the soundtrack for Minnelli, who sang over the music. A prolific writer, Smith has written eight books since turning 80, including a three-part autobiography. He has been adopted by eight kids who all call him “Dad.” They are from other countries, and have lived in New York. Smith refers to the eight as his “modern family,” and said the kids are from dysfunctional families. Together, they have formed a bond that transcends race and sexuality. “All eight are straight, and all eight know about me,” he said. “Things have changed over the years. Kids today, their peers say, ‘I wish my dad were gay.’ ”

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Council is much more progressive,” Scott added. “And I think that will have an effect on helping de Blasio’s plans.” East Villagers who turned out for de Blasio on Election Day sounded off on education and housing, as well as the tiny, six-point font used on the ballots. At the Girls & Boys Republic Club poll site, on E. Sixth St. near Avenue D, Sheryl Nelson, 52, said she voted for de Blasio because, “Lhota’s nuts, not overly nuts — not Tea Party nuts, but nuts enough.” The mother of a 9-year-old son, Cole, in public school, she said, “De Blasio has a better feeling for what it’s like to navigate the city with kids, and I would like to think that makes him more forward-thinking.” On the ballot referendum question on whether 80 should be judges’ mandatory retirement age, Nelson voted “yes,” because, she said with a smile, she realized women live longer than men, so decided, “Let’s stack the courts with women.” Of the six-point-type ballot measures, she scoffed, “I’m a graphic designer and a calligrapher, too. That’s ridiculous. This is the stuff we should be able to read.” Willis Johnson, 75, a former trumpet player, also voted for de Blasio. But he didn’t weigh in on the referendums since he couldn’t read them. At the poll site at Theater for the New City, on First Ave. near 10th St., most voters interviewed said they also ignored the referendum questions. Nora Szilagyi, 47, a freelance video producer, voted for de Blasio and also to reelect City Councilmember Rosie Mendez. “She is our councilwoman and she’s been busy and helpful on the block, except for P.S. 122 on the corner,” she said. The school used to house a daycare center, and Szilagyi charged that Mendez “killed it for an artist space.” There was also a garden next door, which is empty now, 10 years later, she added. Evdokia Sofos, 47, an administrative law judge, also voted at the theater poll site. Asked if any candidate stood out to her, Sofos quickly responded, “Their stances are all what the public wants to hear. They’ll try to pander to everyone, just whitewashing everything. When they get in, everything will remain status quo. I hope I’m wrong.” Norman Cole, 62, voted for an entirely different reason. “I feel the entire city is going to crap because of the socialists and communists that have taken over the Democratic Party, and I feel it is my duty to throw sand against the tide,” he said. Cole did not reveal his picks.

At the Sirovich Senior Center, on E. 12th St. near First Ave., Rudy Peart, 59, who lives and works at the center as a custodian, voted for de Blasio. “I won’t vote for Mr. Lhota,” he said. “He was in charge of the M.T.A. and didn’t want to give unions their due when he was representing them. He’s going to try to try to shortchange any way he can to make himself look good.” David Bassin, a 34-year-old writer living in the East Village was thrilled to fill in the circle for de Blasio. “I’m a huge Bill fan, and I believe in a very progressive agenda for New York,” he said. Bassin showed a photo of himself and de Blasio at his brother’s apartment in Fort Greene, where they held a small fundraiser for the public advocate two months before he surged in the polls. Bassin voted “yes” on the casino ballot measure. “I want casinos because I think it’ll generate jobs and lower property taxes,” he said. “The cost outweighs the benefit.” Additionally, Bassin, who noted he has a law degree, voted against extending judges’ retirement age based on a higher chance of conservatism with age. “I also believe in the spirit of rotation,” he added. In the West Village, at 505 LaGuardia Place, Karin Cardone, a consultant for business improvement districts and a Republican, said she darkened the oval for Lhota. “New York is a city that can very quickly become unmanageable,” she said. “I remember in the ’80s when you couldn’t walk in Washington Square Park at dusk. I mean, my grandfather was beaten in his store — that was the late ’70s.” Her family used to own the Italian Food Company, on Bleecker St. Councilmember Rosie Mendez said she was telling people to “Vote ‘no’ on 1 and 5,” the casino issue and a measure to allow a mining company to acquire 200 acres of Adirondack parkland Upstate. “People talk about casinos as jobs, and they do bring jobs,” she said. “But we need a diversity of jobs. I think we need to think of other ways of jumpstarting the economy.” Elsewhere, Corey Johnson won election to the City Council in District 3, but G.O.P. District Leader Richard Stewart, who repeatedly told The Villager he actually was endorsing Johnson, won nearly 13 percent of the vote. Stewart did not campaign at all or spend a dime on the “race.” Some speculated that some of the Stewart votes were by supporters of Yetta Kurland, who lost to Johnson in the primary.

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Free Will Astrology Week of November 7 - 13 BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Fear gets far more attention than it deserves. The media and entertainment industries practically worship it. Yet, I do want to put in a good word for fear. Now and then, it keeps us from doing stupid things. It forces us to see the truth when we might prefer to wallow in delusion. Now is one of those times for you, Aries. Thank your fear for helping to wake you up. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings,” wrote W.H. Auden. If that’s true, then your job is to be a poet right now. You seem awash in a hubbub of paradoxical inclinations, complete with conflicting desires and mismatched truths. Yet, you do have a responsibility to communicate your complexity with honesty and precision. If you can manage that, people will treat you with affection and give you extra slack. They might even thank you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How can you improve your flow? Are there obstructions that keep you from having a more fluidic rhythm? Do you harbor negative beliefs that make it harder for life to bestow its natural blessings on you? Right now, Gemini, your intuition will be strong when you use it to drum up graceful luck for your personal use. Be bold. It’s time for you to slip into a smooth groove. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In his novel “The White Castle,” Orhan Pamuk writes: “To imagine that a person who intrigues us has access to a way of life unknown and all the more attractive for its mystery, to believe that we will begin to live only through the love of that person — what else is this but the birth of great passion?” Maybe it’s not healthy to fantasize that a special someone can give you what you can’t give yourself. But believing this is true may inspire you to take an intriguing risk that would catalyze invigorating transformations. Which is it? Now is a good time to ruminate on these matters.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the coming week you’ll probably have more luck than usual if you play keno, craps or blackjack. You might find a $20 bill on the sidewalk or a cashier might accidentally give you way too much change. Be alert for opportunities to increase your cash flow. If you wake up in the night with an idea for boosting your financial fortunes, have a pen and notebook nearby to write it down. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Not for all the whiskey in heaven,” begins a poem by Charles Bernstein. “Not for all the flies in Vermont. Not for all the tears in the basement. Not for a million trips to Mars. Not for all the fire in hell. Not for all the blue in the sky.” Those are things he’ll gladly forgo to serve his passion. “No, never, I’ll never stop loving you,” he concludes. Scorpio, what is the one passion you promise to devote yourself to above all others? And what can you live without to focus on it? Be extravagant, pure, wild and explicit.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Dmitri Razumikhin is a character in Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment.” His surname comes from the Russian for “reason.” He drunkenly observes: “It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! Not one single truth has ever been arrived at without people first having talked a dozen reams of nonsense, even ten dozen reams of it.” Sagittarius, to ferret out the core insights that will fuel your next transformations, you may need to speak and hear a lot of babble. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): At the 2013 Grammy Awards, actor Neil Patrick Harris introduced the band Fun this way: “As legendary gangster rap icon Katharine Hepburn once said, if you follow all the rules, you miss all the fun.” That’s a template you can use now with great success. Gravitate toward festive events and convivial gatherings. Sponsor, activate and pave the way for fun. It’s totally permissible for you to tell amusing stories that aren’t exactly factual and that bend the rules not quite to the breaking point.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Canadians Tommy Larkin and Stephen Goosney are biological brothers, but were adopted by different families when young. They lost touch for 30 years. Once they began looking for each other, they didn’t have to travel far to be reunited. It turns out they were living across the street from each other in the same small Newfoundland town. Leo, when you reconnect to your past, you will find that it has been closer than you realized.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The ego has probably been the single most destructive force in civilization. But I also think it’s our sacred duty to redeem and rehabilitate it. After all, our egos give us the confidence to push through difficulties. They motivate us to work hard to achieve our dreams. Your assignment, Aquarius, is to beautify your ego as you strengthen it. Build your self-esteem without stirring up arrogance. Express your talents in ways that stimulate others to express their talents.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This will be an excellent week to talk with yourself — or yourselves. I envision in-depth conversations between your inner saint and inner evil twin… between the eager-to-please servant of the greater good and the self-sufficient smartie dedicated to personal success. You could speak every word out loud, and should gesture with your hands, express colorful body language. It’s time your sub-personalities got better acquainted.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Dr. Seuss wrote his children’s books in English, but liked to stretch his native tongue’s limits. “You’ll be surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around,” he said. One extra letter he found was “yuzz,” with which he spelled the made-up word “yuzz-a-matuzz.” I recommend you emulate Seuss — not only in how you speak, but also in how you work, play, love, dream and seek adventure. Explore beyond your comfort zone.

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